This post was inspired by Snuppy of Central Snark. My post doesn’t quite align with hers, but if you visit her site I think you will see how one topic lead to the other.
I once worked at an outreach office with a name that had to be enunciated slowly and clearly — Center for New Directions — because if one said it too quickly, especially when answering the phone, one would be greeted with a gasp and a click followed by the dial tone.
On the day I was hired I spoke to my brother on the phone and told him where I was to be working, “Center For NewD irections.” He immediately demanded, “What the hell do you do there?!” I was a bit startled by the vehemence of his response, but having no idea what his ears had heard, I responded truthfully, “Primarily I will teach single mothers how to market their basic skills.”
Needless to say, that didn’t calm him any.